Lorie Byrd

Sarah Palin has a lot to thank Democrats for this week.  As a result of relentless attacks from angry far left Democrats assisted by their friends in the media, her speech became the most widely viewed of any  speech given by a Vice Presidential candidate in the history of the world and Republicans emerged more energized than anyone could have dreamed.

The audience was unusually large due to the weeklong controversy surrounding Palin’s children.  Over the weekend, nasty rumors swirled around the internet that Palin’s fifth child, Trig, who has Down Syndrome, was not really her child, but her 17-year-old daughter’s.  Pictures of Palin in various months of pregnancy were examined on leftwing blogs. Even creepier than that, pictures of the teenage girl were poured over for evidence of a baby bump. In what has to be one of the lowest points in American journalism, the McCain campaign reports being deluged by the media for DNA samples to prove or disprove the fake pregnancy rumor they picked up from angry left websites, DailyKos and the DemocraticUnderground.  In an effort to put these rumors to rest, Palin and her husband Todd released a statement saying their 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is 5 months pregnant and is engaged to marry the father, her high school sweetheart. 

Barack Obama publicly denounced those going after 17-year-old Bristol as an issue citing his own unmarried teenage mother.  He declared the families of candidates off limits, but Obama followers and those in the media continued to advance the rumors.  The media frenzy over BabyBumpGate and other issues surrounding Palin’s children (could she be a mom and VP?) stoked public interest in this woman they knew so little about, ensuring a huge audience for her Wednesday night speech.  That is the biggest assist Obama supporters gave Vice Presidential candidate Palin, handing her an audience rivaling that which watched the speech delivered by Obama himself, but it was not the only one.

Lorie Byrd

Lorie Byrd is a Townhall.com columnist and blogs at Wizbang and at LorieByrd.com.

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